BHOPAL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed farmers’ conferences in Madhya Pradesh via video conference on Friday (December 18). During his address, the Prime Minister welcomed the farm laws, saying that Rs 35 lakh crore has so far been transferred to the bank accounts of 35 lakh farmers in Madhya Pradesh who have suffered losses due to natural disasters.
Here are some key clues from his speech:
- today Rs 16,000 crores will be transferred to the bank accounts of 35,000 farmers from Madhya Pradesh.
- Today, several farmers received the Kisan credit card. In the past, they were not available to all farmers. But we changed the rules to make the Kisan credit card available to all farmers across the country.
- Farm laws were not introduced overnight. In the last 20 to 30 years, central and state governments have had extensive discussions about these reforms. Agricultural experts, economists and progressive farmers call for reforms.
- This modern system that India created in the last 5-6 years is now being discussed all over the world.
- It is true that no matter how much effort farmers put in, they end up suffering a big loss if there is no proper storage of fruit-vegetable-cereals. I would like to call on the country’s traders and industrialists to increase their investments and increase their contribution to the provision of modern storage systems, cold storage and the establishment of new food processing companies. It would mean serving the peasants in every sense of the word.
- Modern facilities available to farmers in developed nations should also be made available to farmers in India. It cannot be delayed any longer. In a rapidly changing global scenario, the situation in India cannot be accepted as farmers become helpless due to the lack of facilities and modern methods. It’s already too late. The work that should have been done 25-30 years ago is happening now.
- The Swaminathan Committee report is a testament to the ruthlessness of those who talk about farmers today. These people suppressed the recommendations of the Swaminathan Committee for eight years.
- In the PM-Kisan scheme introduced by our government, farmers will receive about Rs.75,000 million annually, which will be about Rs.7.5 billion in 10 years. The amount is transferred directly to the farmers’ bank accounts. No commission is awarded to anyone.
- Speaking of urea, farmers had to queue overnight for urea about 7-8 years ago. Several locations reported farmer lathicharge incidents for urea. At that time, urea was heavily sold on the black market. Today the scenario has changed and farmers no longer face a shortage of urea. You will not be lathicharged. Our government stopped the black marketing of urea, took strict measures and cracked down on corruption. We made sure that urea gets to the farmer’s yard.
- Our government encourages beekeeping, animal husbandry, and fisheries, as well as grain-producing farmers.
- Our government is running the Blue Revolution Scheme to encourage fishing. Some time ago, Prime Minister Matsya Sampada Yojana also went in this direction. The result of these efforts is that fish production in the country has set a new record.
- I beg all political parties with folded hands please keep all honor. I give credit to all of your old campaigns. I just want to make farmers’ lives easier, I want their progress and modernity in agriculture.
- If we had to remove the MSP, why should we implement the Swaminathan Committee Report? Our government is serious about MSPs and therefore always announces the MSP before the seeding process begins. This also makes it easier for farmers to get to know each other at the entry level.
- More than six months have passed since these laws were passed. Even after the law came into force, the MSP was announced as before. During the coronavirus epidemic, this pattern continued to be followed. The purchase on MSP was also made in the same mandis as in the past.